The Morning Show / Morning Wars (2019)

The Morning Show, or Morning Wars as it is known in Australia and Indonesia, is so much more than one would expect!

We get a career best performance from Jennifer Aniston, a sturdy and dependable Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, and an ensemble cast which deserve every accolade.

The story is complicated. There is much more at stake than meets the eye. Power, relationships, money, the MeToo movement, bushfires, a terrible mass shooting incident make up the backdrops to many stellar moments.

Introspection, grief, anger, anguish, confidence, insecurity, pain, pent up suffering are all rolled into a hard hitting portrayal by the cast, who have written, produced and delivered an appropriate message which asks new questions and answers old ones.

A captivating watch!

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Vice (2018)

Christian Bale unrecognisably transforms into Dick Cheney, and is ably supported by Steve Carell, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell to tell us about the most powerful Vice President in the history of the USA. Directed by Adam McKay, the film is edited in a way where the audience has to keep pace with it, with a novel mid-movie jest and many moments which question not only the politics but the methods employed to succeed by presidents past (and in that light the present as well). A brilliant docu-drama with many perspectives and insights which tell us how carefully we have to pick and support our leaders.

4/5

Foxcatcher (2014)

A critically acclaimed film which offers pure
drama (without a background score) it relies on a simple yet effective
technique of building tension and strain.

The 3 principal cast members have displayed a layered
brilliance in their performances and have been nominated for, and won some
awards as well. Steve Carrell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum sport altered
physical features and body language. The lingering silences and soft hushed
tones make for many awkward moments.

Director Bennett Miller has captured the film with sweeping
cinematography, which creates a metaphorical imagery. It is very technically
sound in its approach and is a distinct runner for the awards, and audiences.

3/5